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Biography

Coen van Gulijk is a professor of railway safety and risk at the University of Huddersfield. Coen and his team work on the IT transformation of Safety Management Systems and Risk Analysis for the GB railways. The railway industry will benefit greatly from modern IT business systems to support risk-based decision making and asset management, to deliver cost reductions, performance enhancements and optimisation of the railway industry. Several data-analytical approaches to safety and risk analysis are tested for use on an energy efficient Iceotope PentaGen 1C computer cluster including detection of high-risk red-signal passages on the GB network, risk identification from plain text by NLP techniques, text-to-hash techniques aimed at making NLP techniques more efficient, word-net risk identification, safety enterprise architecture and detection of deviant train driver behaviour from on-board train monitoring systems. The work is performed as part of a strategic research partnership between RSSB and the University of Huddersfield.

From 2007 till 2014, Coen was an assistant professor at the Delft University of Technology on the optimal use of theoretical concepts in Safety and Security and to apply them in various domains including: chemical risk modelling, air-transport security, group-risk decision making, safety management systems and patient safety. In 2013 and 2014 he worked as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Antwerp supporting the newly developed Master of Safety Sciences at that university. From 2001 to 2007, Coen worked on Personal Protection Equipment as a researcher at TNO.

Coen is the Secretary General for the ESRA, the European Safety and Reliability Association.

Research and Scholarship

Coen van Gulijk’s research activities are in the field of Rail Safety.  Rail Safety is a relatively broad field where different stakeholders contribute to the safe operation of the Railways. The research is new to the University of Huddersfield and started with the RSSB-Huddersfield strategic partnership on Safety in Railways of which he leads the safety and risk subgroup.  The main research interest is to develop and/or improve risk models that secure the safe development of the Railway Industry in the UK in the long term.  Examples of this include an analysis of the added value of Bayesian Belief Nets for rail risk analysis, prognostics for rail safety, the added value of modern information infrastructures for rail risk modelling, and models for safety management.

Reseach on rail risks requires in-depth knowledge of theory and practice of safety and risk. Coen acquired this knowledge by research and teaching in the Safety Science Group of the Delft University of Technology and TNO in the Netherlands, and the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Domains where he gained experience include: chemical industry, air transport, hospitals, HSE, Fundamental Rights and group risk policy making.  This in-depth knowledge of the theoretical concepts is important the assessment of next-generation risk models for rail safety.

Coen is also involved in researching the history of the safety sciences. This research yields a deeper understanding of safety theories and how they have developed over the last century.The insights in history improve our understanding of safety today. His work on security got him interested in the theoretical overlap of safety and security and the relation between high-risk industries and fundamental rights. Most of  this work was in a Dutch context but is relevant in the UK.  

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2018

Van Gulijk, C., Figueres-Esteban, M., Hughes, P. and Loukianov, A. (2018) ‘Introduction to IT transformation of safety and risk management systems’. In: Handbook of RAMS in railway systems: Theory and Practice. : CRC. . ISBN 978-1138035126

2017

Swuste, P., Groeneweg, J., Van Gulijk, C., Zwaard, W. and Lemkowitz, S. (2017) ‘Safety management systems from Three Mile Island to Piper Alpha, a review in English and Dutch literature for the period 1979 to 1988Safety Science . ISSN 0925-7535

Lindhout, P., Van Gulijk, C., Theunissen, T., Swuste, P., Van Guldener, V., Chambon, M., Paul, J., Herfs, P. and Ale, B. (2017) ‘Taal en veiligheid: een groeiend nieuw werkveld [Language and security: a growing new field of work]TtA: Tijdscrhift voor toegepaste Arbowetenschap , 30 (2), pp. 27-38. ISSN 0921-8440

2016

Hughes, P., Figueres-Esteban, M. and Van Gulijk, C. (2016) ‘Learning from text-based close call dataSafety and Reliability: SaRS Journal . ISSN 0961-7353

Figueres-Esteban, M., Hughes, P. and Van Gulijk, C. (2016) ‘Using visual analytics to make sense of railway Close CallsProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit , pp. 1-8. ISSN 0954-4097

Van Gulijk, C., Hughes, P. and Figueres-Esteban, M. (2016) ‘The potential of ontology for safety and risk analysis’. In: Risk, Reliability and Safety: Innovating Theory and Practice: Proceedings of ESREL 2016. : CRC Press. . ISBN 9781138029972

Hughes, P., Figueres-Esteban, M. and Van Gulijk, C. (2016) ‘From negative statements to positive safety’. In: Risk, Reliability and Safety: Innovating Theory and Practice: Proceedings of ESREL 2016. : CRC Press. . ISBN 9781138029972

Figueres-Esteban, M., Hughes, P. and Van Gulijk, C. (2016) ‘Ontology network analysis for safety learning in the railway domain’. In: Risk, Reliability and Safety: Innovating Theory and Practice: Proceedings of ESREL 2016. : CRC Press. . ISBN 9781138029972

Swuste, P., Van Gulijk, C., Zwaard, W., Lemkowitz, S., Oostendorp, Y. and Groeneweg, J. (2016) ‘Developments in the safety science domain, in the fields of general and safety management between 1970 and 1979, the year of the near disaster on Three Mile Island, a literature reviewSafety Science , 86, pp. 10-26. ISSN 0925-7535

Figueres-Esteban, M., Hughes, P. and Van Gulijk, C. (2016) ‘Big Data for Risk Analysis: the future of safe railways’. In: XII Conference on Transport Engineering, 7th - 9th June 2016, Valencia, Spain

EL Rashidy, R. and Van Gulijk, C. (2016) ‘Driver Competence Performance Indicators Using OTMR’. In: CIT2016. Congreso de Ingeniería del Transporte (XII Congress of Transport Engineering, 7th - 9th June 2016, Valencia, Spain , pp. 1-8

Oostendorp, Y., Lemkowitz, S., Zwaard, W., Van Gulijk, C. and Swuste, P. (2016) ‘Introduction of the concept of risk within safety science in The Netherlands focussing on the years 1970–1990Safety Science , 85, pp. 205-219. ISSN 0925-7535

Figueres-Esteban, M., Hughes, P. and Van Gulijk, C. (2016) ‘Visual analytics for text-based railway incident reportsSafety Science , 89, pp. 72-76. ISSN 0925-7535

Van Gulijk, C., Hughes, P. and Figueres-Esteban, M. (2016) ‘Big Data Risk Analysis for Railway Safety’. In: World Congress of Railway Research, 29th May - June 2nd 2016, Milan

2015

Swuste, P., Groeneweg, J., Van Gulijk, C., Zwaard, W. and Oostendorp, Y. (2015) ‘Van Three-Miles Island tot Piper AlphaTijdschrift voor toegepaste Arbeidswetenschap , 28 (4), pp. 130-157.

Van Gulijk, C., Figueres-Esteban, M. and Hughes, P. (2015) ‘Big Data Risk Assessment the 21st Century approach to safety science’. In: International Railway Safety Council 2014, 4th - 9th October 2015, Johannesburg

Swuste, P., Van Gulijk, C., Oostendorp, Y., Zwaard, W. and Groeneweg, J. (2015) ‘Developments in the Safety Science Domain and in Safety Management From the 1970s Till the 1979 Near Disaster at Three Mile Island’. In: Working on Safety 2015, 23rd - 25th September 2015, Porto, Portugal

Figueres-Esteban, M., Hughes, P. and Van Gulijk, C. (2015) ‘The role of data visualization in Railway Big Data Risk Analysis’. In: Safety and Reliability of Complex Engineered Systems: ESREL 2015. : CRC Press / Balkema. pp. 2877-2882. ISBN 9781138028791

Koornneef, F. and Van Gulijk, C. (2015) Computer Safety, Reliability, and Security 34th International Conference, SAFECOMP 2015 Delft, The Netherlands, September 23–25, 2015. Proceedings . Lecture Notes in Computer Science. : Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-319-24254-5

Koornneef, F. and Van Gulijk, C. (2015) Computer Safety, Reliability, and Security SAFECOMP 2015 Workshops, ASSURE, DECSoS. ISSE, ReSA4CI, and SASSUR, Delft, The Netherlands, September 22, 2015, . Lecture Notes in Computer Science. : Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-319-24248-4

Figueres-Esteban, M., Hughes, P. and Van Gulijk, C. (2015) ‘Visualising Close Call in railways: a step towards Big Data Risk Analysis’. In: Fifth International Rail Human Factors Conference, 14-17th September 2015, London

Hughes, P., Figueres-Esteban, M. and Van Gulijk, C. (2015) ‘Learning from text-based close call data’. In: Safety and Reliability of Complex Engineered Systems. Zürich, Switzerland: CRC Press: Taylor & Francis Group. pp. 31-38. ISBN 978-1-138-02879-1

Van Gulijk, C., Hughes, P., Figueres-Esteban, M., Dacre, M. and Harrison, C. (2015) ‘Big Data Risk Analysis for Rail Safety?’. In: Safety and Reliability of Complex Engineered Systems: ESREL 2015. : CRC/Balkema. . ISBN 9781138028791

Xiao, F., ligteringen, H., Van Gulijk, C. and Ale, B. (2015) ‘Comparison study on AIS data of ship traffic behaviorOcean Engineering , 95, pp. 84-93. ISSN 0029-8018

Van Gulijk, C. and Hardijns, W. (2015) ‘De steile opmars van drones en de uitdagingen voor de politieCahier Politiestudies , 33. ISSN 1784-5300

Hughes, P., Figueres-Esteban, M. and Van Gulijk, C. (2015) Learning from Close Calls Huddersfield, UK: SPARK

2014

Moorkamp, M., Kramer, E., Van Gulijk, C. and Ale, B. (2014) ‘Safety management theory and the military expeditionary organization: A critical theoretical reflectionJournal of Safety Science , 69, pp. 71-81. ISSN 0925-7535

Ale, B., Van Gulijk, C., Hanea, A., Hanea, D., Hudson, P., Lin, P. and Sillem, S. (2014) ‘Towards BBN based risk modelling of process plantsSafety Science , 69, pp. 48-56. ISSN 0925-7535

Swuste, P., Van Gulijk, C., Zwaard, W. and Oostendorp, Y. (2014) ‘Occupational safety theories, models and metaphors in the three decades since World War II, in the United States, Britain and the Netherlands: A literature reviewSafety Science , 62, pp. 16-27. ISSN 0925-7535

2013

Xiao, F., Ligteringen, H., Van Gulijk, C. and Ale, B. (2013) ‘Nautical traffic simulation with multi-agent system’. In: Proceedings of the 16th International IEEE Annual Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems. The Hague: IEEE. pp. 1245-1252.

Oostendorp, Y., Zwaard, W., Van Gulijk, C., Lemkowitz, S. and Swuste, P. (2013) ‘Introduction of the concept of risk within the safety science in the NetherlandsJournal of Occupational Health Applied Science (3-4), pp. 75-91.

Lin, P., Hale, A. and Van Gulijk, C. (2013) ‘A paired comparison approach to improve the quantification of management influences in air transportationReliability Engineering & System Safety , 113, pp. 52-60. ISSN 0951-8320

Moorkamp, M., Kramer, E., Van Gulijk, C. and Ale, B. (2013) ‘Safety management within Task Force Uruzgan: A report of working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’. In: Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Beyond the Horizon. London: Taylor & Francis Group. pp. 3127-3134. ISBN 978-1-138-00123-7

2012

Xiao, F., Ligteringen, H., Van Gulijk, C. and Ale, B. (2012) ‘Artificial force fields for multi-agent simulations in maritime traffic and risk estimation’. In: 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference 2012 (PSAM11 ESREL 2012). : IAPSAM & ESRA. pp. 5686-5691. ISBN 9781622764365

Van Gulijk, C., Andriessen, H., Kluin, M. and Ale, B. (2012) ‘Controlling security risks with the NMO method’. In: Comparative Analysis of Technological and Intelligent Terrorism Impacts on Complex Technical Systems. : IOS Press. pp. 30-44. ISBN 9781614991304

Andriessen, H., Van Gulijk, C. and Ale, B. (2012) ‘Human factors in layers of defense in airport security’. In: 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference 2012 (PSAM11 ESREL 2012). : IAPSAM & ESRA. pp. 4325-4332. ISBN 9781622764365

Hanea, D., Hanea, A., Ale, B., Sillem, S., Lin, P., Van Gulijk, C. and Hudson, P. (2012) ‘Using dynamic Bayesian networks to implement feedback in a management risk model for the oil industry’. In: 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference 2012 (PSAM11 ESREL 2012). : IAPSAM & ESRA. pp. 691-700. ISBN 9781622764365

Van Gulijk, C. and Ale, B. (2012) ‘Bankruptcy by catastrophes for major multi-nationals : stock exchange sensitivity for three catastrophes’. In: 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference 2012 (PSAM11 ESREL 2012). : IAPSAM & ESRA. pp. 4431-4439. ISBN 9781622764365

Andriessen, H., Kluin, M., Van Gulijk, C. and Ale, B. (2012) ‘Participant observation in risk problems’. In: 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference 2012 (PSAM11 ESREL 2012). : IAPSAM & ESRA. pp. 2247-2256. ISBN 9781622764365

Lin, P., Hanea, D., Ale, B., Sillem, S., Van Gulijk, C. and Hudson, P. (2012) ‘Integrating organisational factors into a BBN model of risk’. In: 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference 2012 (PSAM11 ESREL 2012). : IAPSAM & ESRA. pp. 719-728. ISBN 9781622764365

Kirschenbaum, A., Rapaport, C., Lubasz, S., Mariani, M., Van Gulijk, C. and Andriessen, H. (2012) ‘Security profiling of airport employees: Complying with the rulesJournal of Airport Management , 6 (4), pp. 373-380. ISSN 1750-1938

Van Gulijk, C (2012) ‘Oil spills, a persistent problem’. In: Environmental Crime and its Victims, 17th-18th September, Delft, The Netherlands , p. 15

Ale, B., Hanea, D., Sillem, S., Lin, P., Van Gulijk, C. and Hudson, P. (2012) ‘Modelling risk in high hazard operations: integrating technical, organisational and cultural factors’. In: International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference 2012. Helsinki, Finland: IAPSAM & ESRA. . ISBN 9781622764365

Kirschenbaum, A., Mariani, M., Van Gulijk, C., Rapaport, C. and Lubasz, S. (2012) ‘Airports at Risk: The Impact of Information Sources on Security DecisionsJournal of Transportation Security , 5 (3), pp. 187-197. ISSN 1938-7741

Kirschenbaum, A., Mariani, M., Van Gulijk, C., Lubasz, S., Rapaport, C. and Andriessen, H. (2012) ‘Airport security: An ethnographic studyJournal of Air Transport Management , 18 (1), pp. 68-73. ISSN 0969-6997

2011

Ale, B., Hanea, D., Van Gulijk, C., Lin, P. and Hudson, P. (2011) ‘Towards an integrated risk model for hydrocarbon industry operation’. In: Advances in Safety, Reliability and Risk Management. : CRC Press. pp. 1636-1643. ISBN 9780203135105

Van Gulijk, C., Ale, B., Dongelmans, D. and Vroom, M. (2011) ‘Experience from chemical industry for controlling patient safety’. In: Advances in Safety, Reliability and Risk Management. : CRC Press. pp. 1725-1731. ISBN 9780203135105

Lindhout, P., Van Gulijk, C. and Ale, B. (2011) ‘Underestimation of language issues in frequently used accident investigation methodsJournal of Hazardous Materials , 191 (1-3), pp. 158-162. ISSN 0304-3894

Van Gulijk, C (2011) ‘Harmonization of Safety & Security?’. In: NVVK Safety Conference 2011 (N) a person responsible for safety ?!, 16-17th March 2011, Papendal, Arnhem

Ale, B., Van Gulijk, C., Sillem, S. and Lin, C. (2011) Administrative and disaster risk assessment framework . : NVBR. ISBN 9789056382452

2009

Van Gulijk, C (2009) ‘Book report : Safety and Risk Management Ian Glendon, A., Clarke, Sharon G., McKenna, Eugene F. HumanSafety Science , 47 (7), p. 1047. ISSN 0925-7535

Van Gulijk, C (2009) Management of patient safety at the Intensive Care Adults AMC . : AMC, Department of Intensive Care Adults / Central Medium Care. ISBN 9789090238777

Van Gulijk, C., Bal, E. and Schmidt-Ott, A. (2009) ‘Experimental evidence of reduced sticking of nanoparticles on a metal gridJournal of Aerosol Science , 40 (4), pp. 362-369. ISSN 0021-8502

Van Gulijk, C., Jagtman, H. and Ale, B. (2009) Casualty risks in the context of flood protection . : Delft University of Technology, Faculty. ISBN 9789056382155

Van Gulijk, C () Interviews on patient in intensive care at the AMC Baancode . : Delft University of Technology, Faculty. ISBN 9789056382162

Esteem

Coen has proced over 60 scientific publications on several topics: Safety and Risk, Aerosol Science and Chemical Engineering. He was an invited speaker and teacher for many industry and government events in the Netherlands (Ministery of Safety and Justice, Ministery of Economics, the Dutch Association for Safety Experts, EOn, Siemens). He paticipates in international conferences and events as organizer or contributor on a regular basis (ESREL, Safecomp). He is an editor for the Journal of Loss Prevention. Coen is Secretary General for the European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA) and chaired several national and international workgroups on safety and risk topics (storage of explosives, Protection and Security of the Citizen, Checkpoint of the Future, fire protection, group risks for chemical industry).

Research Degree Supervision

Coen has developed a research programme called “Integration of modern information infrastructures and safety risk modelling”. Any Degree Supervision in this area is of direct interest to him. He is also interested in supervising safety and risk research in other domains such as air transport, history of safety and fundamental rights in relation to safety and risk.

Previous topics in which he supervised PhD students are: Risk simulations (in ports), effectiveness of governamental safety inspections, safety in military expeditinonary forces, airport security, expert elicitation and effectiveness of security technologies.

Current opportunities

Postgraduate research opportunities with Prof Coen Van Gulijk

2017-18

PhD

Enterprise Activities

Enterprise activities are related to the RSSB-Huddersfield strategic partnership and products and services following from that activity. They vary from support of safety analyses to safety reviews. Former enterprise activities were projects with Shell, the Amsterdam Academic hospital AMC, the Dutch Firebrigade Association NVBR, various EU researches (Bemosa, Surveille, Airsecure) and various governments in the Netherlands.

Administrative Responsibilities

Coen is co-chairing the RSSB-Huddersfield strategic partnership. In that capacity he manages the safety and risk subgroup which will grow from 3 to 5 staff members and up to five PhD candidates.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Coen is the course leader for an MSc course that is due to start in september 2016: Master of Rail Safety and Risk. Currently, preparations are made for the internal validation by the School of Engineering.

Prior teaching experience is the University of Antwerp, TU Delft and the University of Leiden. For the University of Anwerp, Coen was part of the course coordination board and delivered 4 modules. For TU Delft he was course coordinator for a number of courses, including “Introduction to Safety Science”. He also coordinated the part-time course “Master of Security Science and Management”. He coordinated a joint effort of the TU Delft and the University of Leiden. This was the minor Security, Safety and Justice which was a half-year programme delivered to 60 students in The Haque.